Verb form from Middle English goinge, goynge, gayng, variants of gonde, goonde, gaand, from Old English gānde, from Proto-Germanic *gēndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *gēną, *gāną (“to go”), equivalent to go + -ing. Cognate with West Frisian geanend (“going”), Dutch gaand (“going”), German gehend (“going”), Danish gående (“going”), Swedish gående (“going”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡəʊɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊɪŋ/, /ˈɡɔɪŋ/
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- Hyphenation: go‧ing
- Rhymes: -əʊɪŋ
- present participle and gerund of
- (in combination) Attending or visiting (a stated event, place, etc.) habitually or regularly.
- theatre-going, church-going, movie-going
- A departure.
- The suitability of ground for riding, walking etc.
- The going was very difficult over the ice.
- We made good going for a while, but then we came to the price.
- (figurative) Conditions for advancing in any way.
- Not only were the streets not paved with gold, but the going was difficult for an immigrant.
- (in the plural) Course of life; behaviour; doings; ways.
- (in the phrase "the going of") The whereabouts (of something).
- I can't find my sunglasses; you haven't seen the going of them, have you?
- The horizontal distance between the front of one step in a flight of stairs and the front of the next.
- Each step had a rise of 170 mm and a going of 250 mm.
going (not comparable)
- Likely to continue; viable.
- He didn't want to make an unsecured loan to the business because it didn't look like a going concern.
- Current, prevailing.
- The going rate for manual snow-shoveling is $25 an hour.
- (especially after a noun phrase with a superlative) Available.
- He has the easiest job going.
- 2013, Natalie Dormer, interview on, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson:
- Craig: Did you look at Tudor life? did you do a lot of studying about that?
Natalie: Yeah, I was really geeky about it, I read every single book that was going.
- “going”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.